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Elmstead took a big step towards winning the Division One title in the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship, by winning at Haverhill while nearest challengers Wivenhoe suffered a defeat at Woolpit.

It was a night of high-drama in non-league tonight, with some big East Anglian derbies, some big victories and also an abandoned match.

Copdock & Old Ipswichian thrashed Suffolk rivals Mildenhall by 96 runs, in a one-sided Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League contest at Wamil Way on Saturday.

Ben Shepperson and captain Adam Mansfield both made useful contributions with the bat as Suffolk gave themselves a chance of victory following day two of their Minor Counties Championship match, against Bedfordshire at Flitwick today.

Copdock & Old Ipswichian have been awarded a 25-point victory from their away match at Horsford, which was initially abandoned as a draw due to a “dangerous” pitch a fortnight ago.

Suffolk’s Minor Counties Championship match against visiting Cumberland, at Ipswich School, petered out in a draw after a rain-affected third day.

Potentially, tomorrow’s final day at Ipswich School should be an exciting one, with Suffolk nursing a lead of 132 runs with seven second innings wickets in hand.

Jaik Mickleburgh confirmed his billing as the top batsman in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League, as he masterminded Copdock & Old Ipswichian’s four-wicket win at Suffolk rivals Bury St Edmunds on Saturday.

Colchester United extended their 100% record in pre-season, with a fourth win from four friendlies following last night’s comfortable 2-0 home win over a West Ham XI.

Suffolk’s Minor Counties Championship match at rivals Norfolk ended in a tame draw, at Manor Park today, after Hugo Douglas and Tom Rash had been involved in a stubborn last wicket partnership.

Honours were even after day two of Suffolk’s Minor Counties Championship match against Norfolk, staged at Manor Park.

Suffolk sides Copdock & Old Ipswichian, and Mildenhall, both had to settle for draws in their respective East Anglian Premier League matches at home to Great Witchingham and Norwich respectively on Saturday.

Jack Millar posted one of the quickest five-mile times achieved in the UK this year, and in only his second outing over the distance, at the annual Great Bentley Friday Five last Friday evening.

Copdock & Old Ipswichian were involved in an exciting tied match (technically called an equal score draw) at Cambridge Granta, following a thrilling finale at Clare College Sports Ground on Saturday.

Don Baker will go from hurling his javelin in a field on his family farm, to throwing the same javelin on the international stage in the Bahamas, when he competes at this month’s Commonwealth Youth Games.

Young athletes from Suffolk and Essex have enjoyed considerable success at the English Schools Track & Field Championships in recent years, and again a good contingent from East Anglia will be converging on Birmingham for the 2017 Championships, which start today.

Suffolk had to be content with a draw after an absorbing final day of their Minor Counties Championship match, against Hertfordshire at Copdock today.

A big partnership of 138 for the fifth wicket, between Martyn Cull and Ben Shepperson, gave Suffolk a first innings advantage after day two of their Minor Counties Championship Eastern Division match at Copdock today.

Copdock & Old Ipswichian’s three-match winning streak came to an abrupt end at lowly Norwich in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League, and in shock cirumstances.

Jaik Mickleburgh scored yet another century as Copdock & Old Ipswichian celebrated a third win on the trot, in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League, although they only beat Vauxhall Mallards with three balls to spare in a thriller on Saturday.

A remarkable seven Suffolk County road records were set at the Framlingham Flyers Friday Five last Friday evening, spearheaded by Andrew Rooke’s scorcher at the front of the field.

Unbeaten centuries from Marlon Dias and Thomas Piddington secured a six-wicket win for Hadleigh in their Suffolk derby against Worlington, in Division One of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship.

Suffolk completed a terrific 10-wicket victory over Northumberland during the morning session of today’s third day, to kick-start their Minor Counties Championship campaign.

Suffolk are within sight of an innings victory after continuing to completely dominate their Unicorns Minor Counties Championship match away at Northumberland, following day two of three at South Northumberland today.

A superb opening stand of 192 between Martyn Cull and Jaik Mickleburgh helped Copdock & Old Ipswichian to a fourth win of the season, in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League on Saturday.

Colchester United are a League Two club, but they do have a few players on their books who could do a good job at Ipswich Town.

The former Essex duo of Jaik Mickleburgh and Michael Comber both produced terrific individual displays to put Suffolk in complete control of their Unicorns Minor Counties Championship match against Northumberland, following day one of three at South Northumberland today.

Tom Adams, who does not turn 18 until next February, is taking the Friday Five Series by storm this summer.

The leaders in the top two divisions in the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship, Elmstead and Ipswich, both failed to win in the latest round of matches on Saturday.

Copdock & Old Ipswichian’s captain, Tom Rash, believes that his side “can beat anyone” in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League this season.

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